Edgy + Feminine Wedding Inspiration

bow tie wedding inspiration

Today’s fun styled shoot, photographed beautifully by Chantel Marie, is all about pushing boundaries and juxtaposing seemingly opposite looks. The design team from Attention 2 Detail Events wanted to style a setting that would inspire brides-to-be with a combination of edgy + feminine details, like studded votives, loose, organic florals, hand-dyed textiles and bold paper goods, to create a layered + dynamic feel. And who says you can’t have a little fun with your wedding day look?! I love that they paired the bride’s dress with a chic black blazer and that the bridesmaids wore tuxedo-inspired pieces in a fitted, feminine silhouette. Here’s a bit more of the backstory of the shoot from the designers:

I wanted to create a look that still exuded a femininity and prettiness but had an edge for a bride and groom that wanted something different or didn’t want to completely take their wedding style into a fluffy and frilly place. I used a variety of pink shades to help bring out a softer side, but paired them with black and white stripes, leather, and even studded details to bring out more of an edgy look…

bow tie wedding inspiration

bow tie wedding inspiration

black and white styled bride

bow tie wedding inspiration


Such a pretty, lush bouquet by Blossom Sweet!

loose bouquet of pinks

bow tie wedding inspiration

black and white with pink accent

striped table cloth

black and white table numbers

geometric plates

geometric plates


Love the look of the flatware? It’s super easy to achieve this look: simply wrap a coil of bendable wire, in hot pink, to the stems of each piece!

wire wrapped silverware

black and white table decor

bow tie wedding inspiration


You may want to steal these fun drink menu ideas! :)

coffee drinks

coffee ice cubes

wedding foods

studded wrap cake

bow tie wedding inspiration


Thanks so much to the below creatives for sharing their talents and vision with us today!

photography: Chantel Marie // planning + design: Attention 2 Detail Events // venue: Outdoor Warehouse Facility in Salt Lake City, Utah // florals: Blossom Sweet // dress: Gateway Bridal // bride’s blazer + bridesmaids attire: White House Black Market // stationery: Peter Loves Jane // hair + makeup: Jessica Marie Makeup // catering: Brown Brothers Catering // cake: Custom Cakes by Michelle // rentals: RSVP Party Rentals // linens: La Tavola // models: Niya Model Management

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The Parker Palm Springs Wedding: Bridget + Mike

Palm Springs Wedding

Bridget + Mike are totally in love with mid-century modern art + architecture, so when they first toured The Parker Hotel  in Palm Springs, they knew right away that it would be the perfect location for them to exchange their vows. The design of their day was modern, with a nod to classic, but most of all it was filled with personality + fun! Lots of fresh, pops of color + creative uses of lucite. Such great inspiration for all of you couples who admire mid-century style, too! Just wait until you see it all for yourself…

Big thanks to The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. for planning such a charming affair and to Braedon Flynn for the beautiful photography!

Mid-Century Modern Invitation

Palm Springs Bride

Palm Springs - First look


A favorite element of mine from this lovely wedding  was the super chic attire. Bridget looked so amazingly gorgeous in her Marchesa Gown (and if you love her gown, we found a similar gown from BHLDN!), and she rocked the coolest beehive-inspired hairstyle from Fiore Beauty. And Mike couldn’t have looked more dapper if he tried! Loved his timeless + stylish black tux.

Palm Springs - First look

Palm Springs - First look

Palm Springs - First look


And I’m head over heels for Bridget’s lovely bouquet by JL Designs! There is something so classically pretty about sticking with simple shades of white + green. What type of bouquet do you gravitate towards?

white and gold bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

bride and groom


This escort card installation is so, so fun! Lucite diamonds were hand-calligraphed with guest names + table numbers and then strung vertically with fishing wire. Such a fun detail for a modern-styled celebration! And maybe a fun DIY to try?

lucite triangle escort cards

lucite triangle escort cards

teal table numbers

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gold fern

gold vases

gold mid century sphere


And one of the coolest design elements from this wedding was the white, glossy dance floor, which was personalized with a fun phrase + bold design elements by Posh Paperie. Majorly love it!

mid century modern dance floor

gold mid century sphere

laser cut dessert bar

cake and macroons

first dance

cake cutting

confetti dance


And be sure to check out their wedding film from Aqua Vivus!

Big congrats to Bridget + Mike on a gorgeous day + best wishes from all of us GWS!

photography: Braedon Flynn // planning: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. // venue: The Parker Palm Springs, California // dress: Marchesa // florals: JL Designs // paper goods: Posh Paperie // rentals: Signature Party Rentals // linens: La Tavola // reception music: Flashdance, DJ Gary Ames // ceremony music: Lynne Lockwood // cocktail music: Elan Artists // officiant: Rev. Stan Jacobson // lighting: Lighten Up // cinematography: Aqua Vivus // hair + makeup: Fiore Beauty

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryAqua Vivus, The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co., The Flashdance, Posh Paperie, and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Erica Elizabeth Designs 2014 Collection

erica elizabeth designs

At GWS, we are head over heels with pretty things, and the 2014 bridal accessory collection from Erica Elizabeth Designs is just about as stunning as it gets! Every piece has such an ethereal, romantic feel and is designed using the finest of materials, ensuring your beautifully crafted adornment will remain a keepsake for many years to come.

The 2014 collection was superbly captured by the lovely Caroline Tran and features incredible gowns by Claire Pettibone. Everything is so,so pretty, it was nearly impossible to narrow down our favorites, but here they are…

lace head piece

lace head piece


More about the collection from Erica: Memories of generations past form the running thread that weaves through the fabric of our lives, stitching a rich tapestry of love, marriage and family. In my family, my dear father’s passing was followed by the birth of my niece’s first child. This precious cycle, a journey of loss and renewal, led me to reflect on the many brides who have worn my designs, wondering where in life their journeys now find them.

hair pin

vintage mirror

star crown

star crown

star crown

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs


Marriage is a new beginning, a ‘Before’ and ‘After’ milestone on life’s journey. Today’s bride embraces the treasures of generations past while building new memories as her marriage begins. This journey of love, marriage and family inspired my 2014 Collection.

Drawing from the past, I was pulled toward the youthful crown and tiara fashions, worn for centuries as a sign of nobility and aristocratic grace. These special designs, marked by exquisite fabrics and unique textures, are crafted with my signature care to make each piece a lasting treasure.

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs

erica elizabeth designs

tiara

erica elizabeth designs

bridal crown

erica elizabeth designs


My designs continue to marry the past and present, inspired by beauty and crafted with exceptional materials, enduring heirlooms to build a lifetime of memories.

bridal crown

feathery bridal hat

flowers for your hair bun

flowers for your hair bun

stripped veil

flower birdcage veil

gold leaf hair piece


As always, I remain inspired by the singular joy of your special celebration.

erica elizabeth designs

cathedral veil

pear hair piece

flower head wrap


Thank you so much, Erica, for sharing your new collection and you can see the full collection on her site.

Ladies, which piece is your favorite?

photographer: Caroline Tran // planning + design: Erica Elizabeth Designs // venue: Private Old Town Pasadena Studio // gowns: Claire Pettibone // hair + makeup: Theresa Huang, Jamie Stevens // silk georgian vintage reproduction gown: Handmade by Erica Elizabeth Koesler // model: Hanna Rose Masi from Vision

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryErica Elizabeth Designs, Theresa Huang, and Caroline Tran Photography are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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